For the third time, Blake Wentz, chair of the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) Department, received the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Educator of the Year Award. He previously won in 2012 and 2013. Wentz is also the MCAA Student Chapter advisor at MSOE and won the tennis tournament at the MCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The committee chose Wentz for his mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and active participation in Student Chapter Program activities. Wentz’s outstanding abilities are revealed in the success of the MCAA Student Chapter at MSOE, which was named student chapter of the year in 2015, won the 2011 and 2013 MCAA Student Chapter Competitions and was a finalist in 2012. This year the team placed sixth.

MCAA serves the unique needs of approximately 2,500 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping and mechanical service. MCAA provides members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.